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Toshiba wont power on

I have a Toshiba Satellite 5101 laptop and it will not turn on. Originally, my video card was not working properly; my screen had a bunch of weird lines accross it. I then opened the laptop to see if the video card had come loose. After I put it back together, it did not turn on. When I plug the power cable, both the battery indicator and the power cable indicators light up. Then when I try to turn it on, the power cable indicator starts to flash (orange). Does anyone know what is going on?

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  • ccortez08 Dec 12, 2007

    So I checked every connection and made sure that they were properly secured; however, this did not solve the problem. This time, when I tried powering it on, it momentarily began to start up (for about 2 seconds) and then it shut off. Then, the orange LCD power cord indicator starts to flash indefinitely. Now, when I press the power button, it does not start at all; no response. Any suggestions on what is going on?

  • ccortez08 Dec 14, 2007

    Ok...once again I took the computer apart and put it back together. Once I did this, I hit the power button and this time it turned on. It works except for some minor details. This time, the fan is spinning faster than normal and it will not turn off (before, it would turn on and off as needed). Also, I think my video card is going bad. The computer randomly goes into a "low resolution" screen mode. Once I restart, it goes back to normal. What do you think is going on?

  • ccortez08 Dec 14, 2007

    So most likely the video card is not defective?....How do you know if the video card is defective?

  • enjer Jan 24, 2008

    hi!! i think i have the same problem!! i was working less than an hour and the she just turned off! y tryed to power upthe computerbut the orange LCD power cord indicator starts to flash indefinitely. Now, when I press the power button, it does not start at all; no response.maybe you can help me!! my laptop si a toshiba satellite 5205-sp505

  • enjer Jan 24, 2008

    I have a Toshiba Satellite 5205-s505 laptop and i was working adn suddenly it just turned off, i removed he battery and re-instal but nothing happend . When I plug the power cable, cable indicators light up and the battery was ok, both were green. Then when I try to turn it on, the power cable indicator starts to flash (orange). Does anyone know what is going on? the orange LCD power cord indicator starts to flash indefinitelyand the battery indicator is off. Now, when I press the power button, it does not start at all; no response. Any suggestions on what is going on :(

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My brother reflow the solder on several of the memory chips on the video board for my wife 5105 s501 and it fixed the problem that we were having with the video. If you do a search you will see that the video card is the weak link on this laptop. Kinda doubt if you could find a good use video card for this laptop. I would worry that any used video cards for this laptop will also have problem.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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Hi Folks,
I have a Toshiba 5101-S501 and gave me the same problem. I wanted to replace my Video Card, but unfortunately I am not getting the Card (Nvidia Geforce4 440 Go) at all. Can someone help me if I could get the same Video card in your country? Can I replace with some other Card? Please help me!
Thank you,
Ron
P.S. Can someone sell your Card?

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Good afternoon!
From what you have told us, I would suspect that something got jiggled or joggled during the opening and putting back together process. I've done that to myself, in the past. ;o)

What I do in a case like this is as follows:
1-Power down and remove the battery (Leave the battery out until you get it running again)
2-Open it back up and disconnect and reconnect each and every cable and connector that I can find.
3-Remove and reseat the memory module(s)
4-Try to power back up.

If this doesn't do it, get back to me for some more diagnostics/ideas.

If you need any additional information, please feel free to ask. If this information has assisted you in the resolution of you problem, please return here to give my assistance an appropriate final rating. If this information has answered your question and/or lead to a resolution, please rate it as "Fixya!".
Thank you, and have a super day!
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  • Ron Roske Dec 12, 2007

    OK! Looks like we're going to have to take a little time and earn our pay on this one.
    Let's take it down to "barebones" and see what happens.

    By bare bones, I mean to disassemble to the
    point that you only have the a/c adapter, motherboard, 1 stick of memory and
    the display hooked up. Be sure to remove the battery and leave it out until we are done with this procedure. At this point, if it doesn't come up farther than it
    does at present, you more than likely have a bad motherboard.



    If it does show signs of life, start reconnecting one item at a time, and try
    to power up after replacing each item or connector. If you replace/reconnect
    something and it no longer does anything, you have just located the part that
    is bringing your system down.



    Using this approach, I have seen memory cards, hard disk drives, keyboards,
    mice, touchpads, floppies, cd readers all cause this type of problem.

    Ron-




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You might have snapped a cable with you re-assembled your LCD, check for that.

Do you have more information or questions?
The more information you provide to us, the better we can help.

Thanks!

Posted on Dec 11, 2007

  • Baja Data / Jay Arias-Chavez

    Drivers for the screen must be reloaded. Normally video cards don't default to low resolution.

  • Baja Data / Jay Arias-Chavez

    Video cards; they either work or don't.

    They don't 'kind of' work. Driver reloads from scratch work wonders!

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